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Contraband (2012)

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To protect his brother-in-law from a drug lord, a former smuggler heads to Panama to score millions of dollars in counterfeit bills.

Director:

Baltasar Kormákur

Writers:

Aaron Guzikowski (screenplay), Arnaldur Indriðason (film "Reykjavik-Rotterdam") | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Robert Wahlberg ... John Bryce
Caleb Landry Jones ... Andy
Jason Mitchell ... Walter
Paul LeBlanc Paul LeBlanc ... CBP Official
Mark Wahlberg ... Chris Farraday
Ben Foster ... Sebastian Abney
Michael J. Taylor Michael J. Taylor ... Band Member - Lead Vocals
John Russ Broussard John Russ Broussard ... Band Member - Washboard
Mike Broussard Jr. Mike Broussard Jr. ... Band Member - Saxophone
Arthur Thomas Arthur Thomas ... Band Member - Drums
Lukas Haas ... Danny Raymer
Amber Gaiennie Amber Gaiennie ... Danny's Bride
Kent Jude Bernard Kent Jude Bernard ... Tommy Raymer
Andrew Autin Andrew Autin ... Band Member - Guitar
Beau St. Pierre Beau St. Pierre ... Band Member - Trumpet
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Storyline

Chris Faraday once smuggled illegal items or contraband into the country on freighters. He left that life behind, got married, has a family and went legit. But when his brother-in-law got involved with Briggs, a drug dealer and when he blew a deal, Briggs demands restitution which he can't deliver. So Chris offers to find a way to pay Briggs but then he threatens Chris' family if he doesn't deliver. So he gets on a freighter destined for Panama and he sets out to bring back some counterfeit currency. Briggs "goes to see" Chris' family. When Chris learns of this he asks his friend Sebastian to take care of them which he does. He tells Chris that it would be better to bring drugs instead of the cash. Written by rcs0411@yahoo.com

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Taglines:

What would you hide to protect your family?


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence, pervasive language and brief drug use | See all certifications »

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Country:

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Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

13 January 2012 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Contraband See more »

Filming Locations:

New Orleans, Louisiana, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$24,349,815, 15 January 2012

Gross USA:

$66,528,000

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$96,262,212
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Color:

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Editor Elísabet Ronaldsdóttir also edited the original Reykjavik-Rotterdam (2008). Ólafur Darri Ólafsson had a role in both films, too. See more »

Goofs

Ships of these dimensions have a fixed propeller and not a Controllable Pitch Propeller. See more »

Quotes

Chris Farraday: [to Tim] You think you're the only guy with a fucking gun?
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Crazy Credits

"The Department of Homeland Security's cooperation and assistance does not reflect an endorsement of the contents of the Production" See more »

Connections

Referenced in Conan: The Mayan 'Dilbert Cartoon-a-Day' Calendar (2012) See more »

Soundtracks

Sittin' Here Thinkin'
Written by John Lee Hooker
Performed by Canned Heat & John Lee Hooker
Courtesy of Capitol Records
Under License from EMI Film & Television Music
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Implausible story.
15 February 2012 | by PWNYCNYSee all my reviews

If you like movies where every principal character is a bad guy, then this movie will definitely be for you. Plausibility is thrown to the wind as the creators of this movie have a field day showing what happens when bad guys are in conflict with even badder guys. The problem with the story is that the "good" guy is really a bad guy who is trying to pass himself off as a good guy, which is so phony that even the other characters in the story don't believe it, and if they don't believe it, then don't expect the audience to believe it either. Mark Wahlberg is a wonderful actor and he proves it again in this movie. But he can't overcome his character's incomprehensible behavior. It's one thing for one brother to want to help out another brother - that is altruistic. However, it's something else entirely when the same brother does exactly the same thing that got the other brother into trouble. Nevertheless, there is some good acting and Kate Beckinsdale is as usual beautiful and probably played the most believable role.


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